New Albany News

Matt's move leaves empty seat on school board


The New Albany-Plain Local school board has a vacancy after Natalie Matt resigned her seat effective Aug. 25.

Matt sent the school board a letter of resignation Aug. 15 after her family moved to Georgia.

School board President Mark Ryan said during the Aug. 25 meeting the board had to wait 10 days to act on her resignation.

Matt was in the first year of her second term on the board.

According to her letter, the Matt family moved "due to a relocation based on employment."

"Although challenging at times, it has been a pleasure to serve the residents of the New Albany-Plain Local School District for the past four-and-a-half years and I have enjoyed working with all of you," she wrote in the letter. "The collaborative nature of our work with the leadership team, staff and community has served as an inspiration to me and I have thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to help make a difference for our students and staff."

Superintendent April Domine said Matt and her five children, two of whom are still in high school, would be missed.

"It certainly is a huge loss to our district to lose Natalie Matt on the board," Domine said.

Domine said Matt has been a parent in the district a long time and her family was a "key part of the life of the school district."

Board member John McClelland said Matt helped pique his interest in running for the board.

McClelland said she invested a lot of time in helping him and a lot of time in the district. He said whoever is chosen to fill her seat would have big shoes to fill.

Ryan said the board would accept letters of interest through Sept. 3. Letters may be sent via email to district treasurer Rebecca Jenkins at

Ryan said district officials plan to interview candidates Sept. 8 and board members hope to appoint a candidate to the seat Sept. 11.

The appointee would have to run in the November 2015 election to serve the remaining two years on the term, he said.

Jenkins said Ryan and Michael Klein, who were re-elected in 2011, also will be on the ballot in November 2015.